Leaving education to go out into the workplace may seem the best idea for some, but for Kelly Davies, this was a decision she regretted.

After promising her mum and dad that she would go back to college and become an accountant, she started back at Rotherham College in 2013 doing an AAT Accounting Level 4 qualification in the evening.

Kelly said: “I always knew I wanted to do accounting. It was fitting it in around other commitments that was the challenge. The evening classes at Rotherham College were perfect for me to be able to fit it in with my job and being a mum.”

Originally Kelly attended the College in 2009/10 doing the NVQ Level 3 in Accounting but after a break from education, out in the workplace for a couple of years, Kelly decided it was time to progress in her career.

Kelly worked as a Finance Administrator at Sheffield City Learning Centre and progressed on to being the Assistant Finance Manager at Notre Dame High School when she had completed her Level 3. Kelly knew that to progress on in the field of accounting she would need to have higher level qualifications than she ones she already had. After attending the College previously she knew that it was where she wanted to study and it was close to her home.

Starting back at College was something that Kelly was excited about; the opportunity to develop her skills, learn new ones and meet new people. The mixture of ages and knowing that all those attending the evening classes were in similar positions made the process of returning to education a pleasant one. She found that Curriculum Leader, Sam Hannigan, was a great tutor who helped and supported all of the students as much as she could.

Kelly admits that getting round to studying and revising wasn’t always her top priority but with the great support from her husband and family, she studied whenever she could even if it was for an hour every other evening.

“I think Rotherham College is a brilliant college. During my course Sam was brilliant. She’s really good at her job; helping you through everything and if you’re struggling she’s there, whereas you don’t get that at university.”

Kelly is now the Finance Manager at Dinnington High School and hasn’t left the world of education as she is studying her ACCA at Sheffield Hallam University. She jokes that she tells her boss, the Business Manager, that she is after his job but this is something she dreams of becoming.

“Doing the AAT Level 4 has increased my interest in developing myself. I’ll never stop learning, whether it’s a training day or proper course, I’ll probably keep going until I retire.”

When asked what advice she would give to others considering returning to education to further their career she said: “Just keep persevering and just go with it, because at a few points I was ready to pack things in at those times when you think this exam is too hard and I can’t do it and I haven’t got the time. My husband pushed me to do it to be fair, but I persevered and I passed it all. I kept saying to myself ‘stop whingeing and do it and get it done’.”

“The evening classes at Rotherham College were perfect for me to be able to fit it in with my job and being a mum.”

Kelly Davies

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